New Census Data Shows Sharp Drop in Poverty

The release of 2015 Census Bureau data shows a sharp decline in the U.S. poverty rate to 13.5%, as well as an increase in the median income and lower numbers of uninsured Americans.

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Should the Government Subsidize Jobs for the Unemployed?

MDRC’s Dan Bloom lays out the evidence on the effectiveness of subsidized jobs programs in a recent commentary for Spotlight.

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Preparing Future Leaders to Lead with Equity

An innovative course at UC Berkeley addresses structural racism and inequality head-on, looking at inequities in economic development in the Bay Area.

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Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity is a non-partisan initiative that brings together diverse perspectives from the political, policy, advocacy and foundation communities to find genuine solutions to the economic hardship confronting millions of Americans.

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In the Spotlight

Spotlight Exclusives includes commentaries from policymakers, advocates, academics, and other contributors from all points on the political spectrum, as well as Out of the Spotlight blog posts from our team. New headlines on poverty and economic mobility are posted daily.

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Spotlight on the States

State and local governments, community-based organizations and other non-profits play a significant role in implementing policies and programs to reduce poverty and promote opportunity.

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* Hover over a state to get a snapshot of poverty statistics in the state, then click or use the drop-down menu to access information and resources, news articles, and links to learn more about state efforts to reduce poverty.

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